My senior year of college I mentored a group of teen girls at an alternative high school outside of Portland, and it was one of the most powerful and moving experiences I’ve ever had. Not only did I meet my best friend in the process (she was my co-mentor), I saw what an amazing impact we can have on the lives of teens if we just give them a safe space to express themselves. The 5 young women in the group didn’t know each other that well, and they didn’t know my friend and me at all, but when we gathered around a table and asked them to tell us about their lives, the results were absolutely magical. I’ve always believed that since I made it out of adolescence relatively unscathed, the least I can do is offer other young women a little guidance and support along the way. Whether you’re an aunt, a big sister, or a family friend of a teenage girl, you can make a huge difference in that young woman’s life, so I encourage you to reach out and try.
Here are a few lessons I’ve learned in my years of mentoring. Every girl’s communication style is unique, and every interaction might not be perfect, but remember: every conversation is valuable, and every effort really does make a difference. Keep reading »
My friend Aileen is always doing awesome things with her hair, so I asked her to come up with a tutorial for Frisky readers who might want to try something a little different for the holiday party circuit. She came up with this sweet swirly style that is somehow both retro and futuristic. We call it “candy swirls.” It’s simple and festive, and here’s how to get it for yourself…
We’re not much for tutorial videos, as they’re typically overly complicated and we have a mild case of ADD, but this one shows you at least five different ways to transform an old men’s shirt into a chic dress, top or skirt. We can totally do that! [YouTube]
Oh, celebrities: we hate them for never having a bad hair day, but we love them for the endless style inspiration they provide. From old Hollywood curls to beachy waves to that elusive flawless blowout, check out these seven celeb hairstyles and how to translate them from the red carpet to everyday life…
Roommates are a wild bunch, by nature, by definition. A major part of the college experience is being thrown in with a complete stranger and forced to live with them, adapt to them and somehow learn to get along without killing one another. In my view, given the roommates I’ve had over the years, they should start giving out degrees just for that, but no, no. You’re expected to figure it out all your own. We’ve devised a handy guide to some of the most difficult-to-get-along-with roommates. When in doubt, use it as a reference, or don’t be afraid to “accidentally” set it as the homepage on your roommate’s computer. Just saying. And don’t forget to click here for more back to school content! Keep reading »
Everybody — from Hailee Steinfeld to Keira Knightley to Sienna Miller — is doing it: the feminine accordian pleat. These pretty little pleats are much more flattering than the big boxy ones that we are so used to seeing, and they come in ethereal and flowy fabrics such as chiffon and silk. Check out some of these star styles — from mini- to maxi — and consider trying the pleat yourself. [New York Girl Style] Keep reading »